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The Jewish Story Behind Spock

Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last week, explains how the hand-gesture of the Priestly blessing became Spock’s Vulcan salute.

Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor known to the world as Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, died last Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. In the video below, Mr. Nimoy explains the Jewish connection to the Vulcan salute.

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Visitor Comments: 20

(14) Rafael Picon, March 2, 2015 6:03 PM

Jews traveling from planet to planet on a mission- sounds familiar

Star trek was a great series with cheesy looking aliens. There is a story within a story here. When Leonard took a peak at the ceremony nothing happened to him. when stories ,traditions and legends are put to the test , they are just that. It is a grave error when belief becomes fact simply because it cant be tested

Shoshana-Jerusalem, March 19, 2015 11:28 AM

Don't try it

So nothing happened to him and or to many more people. But what about all the others?
Also the rabbi didn't tell him that something has to happen, he said it "could". First check into the whole thing before you jump to faulty conclusions. Because a mistake in religious traditions in the other direction could be a much graver error. In some areas of Judaism people go so far that they don't even know what's a halacha and what isn't and write off major areas of Jewish law as tradition. So always investigate each thing on it's own.

(13) TMay, March 2, 2015 5:51 AM

Sad day.

Watch "Leonard Nimoy's Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story" at
This video is an excerpt from a longer interview with a link to Youtube, about 10 minutes, cut from a 2 hour interview.
Yiddish was his first language.
Sorry to lose him. I was a fan of Star Trek.
2 Jews: Nimoy and Shatner
Live long and prosper.

(12) Barry Baldonieri, October 31, 2014 1:18 AM

Shalom Spock!

A beautiful story, told lovingly! I wonder if Mr.Spock lived to be 120 years old, not uncommon for Vulcans.

(11) Paul, October 15, 2014 5:22 AM


That is truly beautiful and awesome. G-d is indeed everywhere and in everything.

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